Make-up Trends I would like to see more of in 2018

I love this time of the year! The award season and the Fashion Week series are upon us and both the red carpet events and runway shows serve with such an abundance of beauty inspiration, it is hard to pick and choose a favourite.  As the runways shows kick off on the 8th of February in New York, we will get our first glimpse of what beauty trends the industry will cook up for us for the upcoming season. If we talk about beauty trend determining factors we must mention good, old Instagram too working in its own peculiar way. I find most of the runway and Instagram trends unrealistic in a way so the exciting question is how are they translating into real life?

Surely, this eyeliner looks incredibly stylish with a pared-down face on this model:

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source: make-up artist Peter Phillips for Dior Haute Couture ’18

…and incredibly precise on this Instagram makeup model:

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source: glamradar.com

…but probably we will see the eyeliner trend in a much more simplified form among the general public. Like so, perhaps:

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source: lisaeldridge.com

I am a big advocate of laidback, understated looks in everyday life so here are the top five trends I am hoping to see more of in 2018:

1. Less contour, more highlight and blush

I have always believed in the power of a well-placed, expertly blended blusher and highlight in everyday life rather than strong contoured cheekbones. Those two are my absolute favourite things to do in a makeup routine purely because they bring the whole look together and breath life into any complexion by making it look youthful. I particularly like using cream and liquid products that seamlessly melt into the skin and are excellent for achieving a natural, glowy look.

My current favourites to use for such a look are the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge range, the Daniel Sandler Watercolours, all the Glossier Cloud Paints and all the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector liquids or the Mac Cream Colour Bases.

Runway inspiration:

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source: http://www.vogue.com, make-up: Pat McGrath

Instagram inspiration:

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source: Instagram @katiejanehughes

Worn by me:

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source: jsbeautytalk.co.uk

Soft brows

Not everyone is blessed with lush Kaia Gerber or Kara Delevigne brows, I know, but there are still ways of making them look pretty natural so they softly frame the face. While even the biggest beauty make-up artists are encouraging everyone to embrace a natural trend there is still a persisting over-done, strong brow trend with sharp lines that mostly has rooted from the Kardashian girls and Instagram but is hardly flattering on anyone in real life. The key to achieving a groomed yet natural brow look is using light strokes of pencil or brush to imitate the tiny hairs in the brow.

I love using traditional pencils for this look, I particularly like the Kiko Precision Eye Pencils. If you like waxy formulas more, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz or Mac’s Eye Brow Crayons work well too. If you are blessed with full brows and you only want to groom them ever so slightly, an eyebrow gel works best, like the Bobbi Brown brow gel and Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Brows.

Runway inspiration:

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source: Indigital, Christopher Kane S/S18

Instagram inspiration:

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Worn by me:

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source: jsbeautytalk.co.uk

Perfected Skin with very little product

When one of the leading foundations in the country is still Double Wear from Estee Lauder it makes you wonder how many people are out there wearing way too much foundation even if they don’t need it. Erasing all features of a face with a full coverage base is not necessarily the best solution to show off one’s beauty even if you suffer from breakouts or acne. We have a luxurious choice of light, modern formulation foundations so achieving a perfected base without looking cakey IS possible and is very easy. Much depends on the tools you use too, I find fingers, buffing brushes work best for this look.

My favourite foundations for this kind of look are the Healthy Skin Harmony from Max Factor, Mac’s Face and Body, Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder (especially with her Wonderglow or the new Brightening Youth Glow primers) and Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua.

Runway inspiration:

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source: Indigital, Victoria Beckham S/S18

Instagram inspiration:

 

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source: Instagram @katiejanehughes

Worn by me:

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source: jsbeautytalk.co.uk

Strong eyeliner with understated base

One of my favourite makeup styles is the laidback, cool French girl look which for me means a minimal face with one feature emphasised. The best model for this is Violette Grey, a French make-up artist and Global Beauty Director of Estee Lauder. She is the epitome of this style, her Instagram here and Youtube channel here are well worth checking out. Wearing only a black liner and keeping the rest of the face minimal looks incredibly chic, makes an impact but low maintenance at the time. What’s not to love?

My absolute favourite liners are creams because I find them easier to work with. I often reach for Mac Blacktrack or the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeliner pots.

Runway inspiration:

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source: Rex Features, Marc Jacobs S/S18

Instagram inspiration:

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source: Instagram @katiejanehughes

Worn by Violette:

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source: violettegrey.com
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source: Youtube – violette_fr

Bold pop of colour on one feature

If you are like me and have hooded eyes, the next trend might be for you. Since we can’t make a kick-ass black liner work because it disappears as we open our eyes, we damn well can wear the brightest lip shades that we can find. This style is still very French in my world, especially if the edges are not precise but blurred, almost unfinished-looking.

There are so many brands that make amazing lipstick formulations that are comfortable to wear for this look, I usually go for Mac, Rimmel, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford.

Runway inspiration:

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source: Getty Images, Max Mara S/S18

Instagram inspiration:

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source: Instagram @katiejanehughes

Worn by Violette:

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source: Violette Grey, globalcosmeticsnews.com

Worn by me:

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source: jsbeautytalk.co.uk

 

 

 

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